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Disk Drives: Collections of Files from the Era of the Drive

With the introduction of offline storage (in the form of tape and punch cards, later floppy disks, hard drives and cards), computer users began to create and acquire all manner of data to use with their machines. Programs, textfiles, and later images, sound and moving image data would be collected in the course of computer ownership and maintenance. Over time, this collection would sometimes resemble a pile, or a library, or an archive. The unifying theme would only be that they were all on the same storage medium.

This collection is meant to be a deep storage archive of these sets of files and data, fused together as originally acquired from efforts to preserve them. Sometimes the files ran together on a bulletin board system, while others are collections of images disks or cassettes that were in the possession of one person.

The ideal situation would be a legion of curated displays and presentation of this data to an audience, or as fully-described datasets for the purposes of research and historical knowledge. Over time, these collections may find new iterations as such museum pieces and study aids, but for now they are gathered groups of information, awaiting the computer history equivalent of "crate diggers" going through "the stacks" to find precious forgotten history.

Researchers will also want to visit TOSEC, the Old School Emulation Center collection, and the gathered collection of FTP Sites at the FTP Site Boneyeard.


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Contributed by Charles Shrader, this is a collection of Amiga .ADF files, ready for use in an emulator or writing out to floppies to boot on original Amigas. The general collection was assembled around 2000 and transferred recently. The pile of floppies was from an unknown owner, and acquired through eBay, so no direct information is available. In total, there are roughly 1,000 .ADF images in this collection. They contain games, utilities, and documentation files.  To browse the directory of...
This is a grab of the AOL file libraries from 11000-11999. A listing of the file libraries is below. [11085] 10-10 Photo Files [11582] 24BIT Rendered_ Still Life & Objects II [11153] 2Market v3 Mac (production) [11154] 2Market v3 Windows (production) [11117] A Look Back at Nuremberg [11763] ABC Beatles Anthology [11044] ABC Primetime Clips [11998] Additional Personnel Listings [11999] Addtional Personnel Listings [11775] Adventure Games [11118] Aerosmith [11087] African American Gallery...
Topic: aol archiveteam, aol files, aol protocol
This is a grab of the AOL file libraries from 12000-12999. A listing of the file libraries is below. [12236] '96 Wide World Flix [12235] '96 Wide World Pix [12161] 1995 In Music [12305] 1996 Tax Forms [12306] 1997 Tax Forms [12347] @Cool Games and Shareware [12348] @Cool Videos [12680] a [12751] AAA Photo Gallery [12343] AAC Management Area [12470] ABC Kidzine Games! [12695] ABC Kidzine Toolbox [12213] Accessorize [12249] ACLU Upload_Download Library [12000] Additional Personnel Listings...
Topic: aol archiveteam, aol files, aol protocol
This is a grab of the AOL file libraries from 10000-10999. A listing of the file libraries is below. [10417] 1996 HFStival [10147] 24BIT DIGITAL_ Flowers & Vegetation III [10190] 24BIT Digital_ Flowers & Vegetation II [10193] 24BIT E-Paint_ Abstract & Conceptual II [10513] 24BIT E-Paint_ Characters & Creatures II [10195] 24BIT Rendered_ Characters & Critters II [10194] 24BIT Rendered_ Sci-Fi Spacecraft II [10518] 24BIT_ Rendered Basic Scenery [10581] 2nd new Library [10886]...
Topic: aol archiveteam, aol files, aol protocol
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This is a grab of the AOL file libraries from 9900-9999. A listing of the file libraries is below. [9991] A&B Downloads [9904] Adam's Silly Files [9935] Advertising_Demos [9973] Baseball 1 (NEW) [9902] Bosnia [9947] Chris' Library [9914] Club Art Library [9913] Club KidSoft Game Library [9915] Club Mania #1 Library [9916] Club Mania #2 Library [9919] Club Mania #3 Library [9962] Color Weather Maps [9980] Coloring Page Graphics [9933] Compton's Library 4 [9936] Conference Room Logs [9988]...
Topic: aol archiveteam, aol files, aol protocol
This is a grab of the AOL file libraries from 9800-9899. A listing of the file libraries is below. [9811] 1995 Season Hi-lites [9884] America Online for DOS Report [9889] Author Chat Transcripts [9860] BMG uploads [9864] Bikini Library 1 [9861] CL - Windows 95 Apps & Utilities [9894] Compton's Software Library [9828] Florida Keys Photo Gallery [9808] Hot Shots [9810] In the Booth, On the field [9899] Interviews with Comedians [9877] Korean War Memorial SoftLib [9883] Mac Today Software...
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This is a grab of the AOL file libraries from 9700-9799. A listing of the file libraries is below. [9759] AMSC Education Library [9793] Add Depth Images [9743] All Star Game videos [9757] Bikini Library 2 [9789] Bikini Library 3 [9720] Business Photos [9799] Calendar Templates [9723] Clip Art [9794] Communications Disks [9710] Corcoran Student Assignment Uploads 3 [9706] Cyber Beach-House [9762] Cyberspace HQ Library [9792] Designer ClipArt_Models_Shaders [9791] Designer Images II [9796]...
Topic: aol archiveteam, aol files, aol protocol